Just a small update. Took Michelle in for the reaming 2 tires she needed.
$177.31 for 2, Mastercraft P235/75/15's mounted, balanced and the guy rotated the other new ones to the front for free.
Also, diagnosed 2 issues.
#1) The Axle Pivot bushings are SHOT. When I take off, I sometimes hear the classic "Clunk!" from it wiggling around. I already have the new bushings ($35.00? I can't remember) and the guy will install them for $80.00 (Sounds high, til you realize I have 0 air tools, no lift, and no truly level ground OR the ball joint press ($60.00-300.00) to do it with, and then the added part of me with back issues.)
#2) The truck kinda does a little "Bunny hop" when lightly braking from 35mph to a stop.
I had previously replaced the Rear Brake Drums with the new ones off Ethel, the 1994 F-150 I had previously (Was only installed 3 months before the accident). As I suspected, they were getting oblonged/worn in an elliptical shape, rather than round.
Cost for that is:
Labor for entire axle:$50.00
Turning each brake Drum down: $15/side, so $30.00
Brake Shoes: $35-ish (Gonna put Motorcraft on this time. I HATE the Wearever's from the partshouses.
So, to recap...Another $200.00 will have everything driving and stopping correctly!
*Also, Michelle turned 219,000 miles old yesterday.
My inner pinterest ***** kicked in at work last night...
This is the final product from last night. I really couldn't see paying $50-100 for another 22 year old Dash Pad that'll inevitably crack just like this one did.
So my inner Pinterest-man came out in me at work last night.
Less than $10 and still have a ton of fabric left over to do my Map Pockets. Will need 2 more yards to re-cover my Headliner... Still less than $15.00 though.
Also, painted my E brake assembly and pedal "Arms" with gloss black paint:
Charging at a HEALTHY 14.32v at the Battery.
The alternator (A reman'd Motorcraft unit) had failed.
Total cost so far:
-$40.00-Diagnosis/Troubleshooting by Bill Harper @ Harper's Garage
-$115.30-Tough One brand 80amp Alternator from Advance Auto (ick!)
$145.30 total, and me installing the "new" Alternator myself (Literally took me $15 minutes TOPS
I was on the right track with the troubleshooting, using my personal knowledge of the truck and mechanical skills; I simply had no actual tester.
Although I'd metered the output voltage at like 8.42v while the truck was running. I simply wasn't sure if it was the Alternator itself; or the Exciter Wire (Known issues for this era Ford Truck) had a short.